Saying farewell: Acts 20.1

“After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them and saying farewell, he left to go to Macedonia.”

Acts 20.1

After surviving a mob in Ephesus, Paul moves on. His last act is to encourage the disciples and say goodbye. It is a deliberate act. Greetings and farewells were important acts in first-century faith.

Greetings and farewells (in Greek, the same word) are not perfunctory functions, but moment to “spend time in warm exchange” (BGAD). How are your skills in this area?

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